BELOIT -- Radiant sunshine seemed to highlight the beauty of solemn dedication ceremonies at the newly built Our Lady of the Assumption (OLA) Church held on the parish feast day, Aug. 15.
Diamond-shaped in design, the church seats more than 600 persons. Its belfry architecturally sets it apart from the OLA complex of buildings. The church was built this past year during an extensive renovation and expansion project that addressed the current and future needs of the parish of more than 1,000 families.
Bishop Robert C. Morlino presided at the Mass with OLA Pastor Fr. Gary Krahenbuhl as concelebrant. Fr. James Bartylla, Madison, was master of ceremonies.
Music was presented by the OLA Dedication Choir and several instrumentalists directed by Randy Gracyalny, director of music and liturgy for the parish. Cantor was Laurie Seehafer.
Welcoming Bishop Morlino and extending the parish's hospitality were Joe Stadelman, project architect; Jerry Klobucar, general contractor; and Dick Schneider owners' (parish) representative. All three are members of OLA. Bishop Morlino was given a set of plans and keys to the new church.
Often smiling, Bishop Morlino during his homily nevertheless had strong words to stress the need for "the fullness of truth in our culture and in the world. He spoke on the theme "Light of Christ, shine forth in the church and bring all nations the fullness of truth."
Noting that the theme sums up what the dedication was all about, he added it is also why the feast of the Solemnity of Mary is celebrated. "Mary's feast is a mystery and truth. I think it's a most important truth we have to proclaim to our nation and all nations," while adding that he is very devoted to the mystery of the Assumption of Mary. Full story ...
New season: New members invited to join Madison Diocesan Choir
MADISON -- The Madison Diocesan Choir, under the direction of Dr. Patrick Gorman, begins a new season Sept. 28 with openings for new members in all sections.
The award-winning choir has more than 60 members, representing parishes throughout the dioceses. For four decades the choir has served the faith community with its music ministry and represented the diocese in tours abroad.
"It's an opportunity for people to sing in a rather large church-related choir, to sing very good music, to strive to do it in the best possible way for diocesan liturgies, and to sing in other parishes," Gorman said.
The choir also is an opportunity to meet people from all over the diocese, "to share music with them, get to know them, and learn more about our faith," Gorman said. "The choir's kind of a family." Full story ...